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Transactional Leadership Style

Leadership. In what ways is a transactional leader functioning more as a manager than a leader?

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1. In what ways is a transactional leader functioning more as a manager than a leader?

Transactional leaders (see attachment "Transactional Leadership") function more as a manager than a leader because the transactional style is more management focused. In other words, most managers use a transactional style. The biggest difference between managers and leaders, though, is the way they motivate the people who work or follow them, and this sets the tone for most other aspects of what they do. However, many people are both. They have management jobs, but they realize that you cannot buy hearts, especially to follow them down a difficult path, and so act as leaders too.

Managers and Transactional Leaders

Have subordinates

By definition, managers and transactional leaders have subordinates. Unless the managers title is honorary and given as a mark of seniority, in which case the title is a misnomer and their power over others is other than formal authority. Transactional leaders have subordinates. In fact, the early stage of Transactional Leadership is in negotiating the contract whereby the subordinate is given a salary and other benefits, and the company (and by implication the subordinates manager) gets authority over the subordinate.

Authoritarian, transactional style

Managers and transactional leaders have a position of authority vested in them by the company, ...

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This solution explains how a transactional leader functions more as a manager than a leader through comparisons. Supplemented with two supporting articles.